Columbia University in the City of New York

Mar 5, 20184:15 pm

Evidence and Theory in Neuroscience

This seminar will explore the relationship between theory and evidence in the field of neuroscience. The speakers will provide their perspectives from a wide range of fields and disciplines including neurology, psychiatry, philosophy and economics.

March 5th, 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm at Faculty House, Columbia University


We need theories to make sense of evidence — to transform patterns of physical occurrences into something meaningful, i.e., data. This relationship between theory and evidence is often at least partially opaque, particularly in a field like neuroscience that often aims to use physical evidence to characterize mental, and in some cases social, events.  Neuroscience navigates this relationship by offering mechanistic descriptions of “how” psychological processes operate. Yet, this line of inquiry relies on theoretical assumptions that are not fully tethered to the data itself. What kind of knowledge does neuroscience offer that psychology and behavioral sciences do not? How contingent on psychological theories is neuroscientific understanding?

Aniruddha Das, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Columbia University; Principal Investigator at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Peter Bearman, Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Social Science and Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theories and Empirics (INCITE), Columbia University
Suzanne Goh, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer, Cortica; Neurologist, Uuniversity of California, San Diego
Jesse Prinz, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)

Andrew Goldman, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University
Lan Li, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University


Free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. This event is part of the Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series.

Venue: Faculty House, Columbia University
64 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027

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